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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Snow in backyard 2/3/10
We had several inches of snow last night and this was our view
early this morning from our bedroom window!

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"The Diversity Of Heaven"

"And they sang a new song: 'You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation'" (Revelation 5:9).

David JeremiahLast night Brooksyne and I listened to a message by David Jeremiah on the car radio. He is a longstanding and highly respected Bible teacher we have appreciated for many years. He is preaching a series on heaven and we were both edified as we listened to strong Scripture-based teaching on this topic. 

Sadly, like many Scriptural and historical doctrines, the doctrine of heaven is under attack today. Yesterday I was reading an article that made this critical point: Emergents, Progressives, and Liberals deny the inerrancy, inspiration and authority of the Scriptures, so it's no surprise that they have developed a man-made view of heaven and reject Biblical teaching about Eschatology (the last things).

But we who believe the Bible to be the inspired, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God recognize that heaven is an awe-inspiring place that defies human description.  There is so much never witnessed before by human eye that awaits the redeemed!  Several times in the Book of Revelation we see this indication of the broad scope of redemption.

Brooklyn Tabernacle ChoirI really enjoy being in multi-cultural type settings. For one thing it always gives me a sense of what heaven will be like. Our favorite choir is the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. What a joy to see this company of the redeemed sing together with one heart and one voice!

Several years ago I met a young engineer from Ghana, West Africa who was employed on the "Big Dig" project in Boston.  He came to this country to study and planned to return to his home country.  He came over here as a vibrant Christian and kept his faith.  What an uplifting time it was to share together of the joys of serving the Lord though our color, culture and economic backgrounds vastly differed.

"And they sang a new song."  There are special occasions here on earth where a gifted songwriter takes on the assignment of writing an original song to reflect a particular theme.  We might hear these new songs in movies, at conventions or in seasonal musicals.  The "new song" offered in this context is one that could not be sung until the Lamb had taken the book.  It's an original composition that reverberates praise to God on behalf of those redeemed from the curse of sin, who finished their life's course, and who endured to the very end. As I read this text I wonder who will compose it and if it's a perpetual new song!

"You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain."  In heaven we will forever recognize, celebrate, and fully understand the total significance of Christ's redemptive death on the Cross and declare His eternal worth.

"With your blood You purchased men for God." "Jesus paid it all", the great old hymn states and Christ's blood never loses its power to redeem the lost!

"From every tribe and language and people and nation."  This is the diversity of heaven!  I wonder to what degree we will maintain features that distinguish us on earth as we gather with the redeemed from "every tribe and language and people and nation."  What a privilege it is to be among the redeemed as we together worship Him who sits on the throne!

Let every kindred, every tribe, on this terrestrial ball,
To Him all majesty ascribe, and crown Him Lord of all;
To Him all majesty ascribe, and crown Him Lord of all!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Daily prayer: Father, we're so glad for the revelation You gave to the apostle John.  As he was permitted to see worship circles in heaven he gives us a glimpse of the unending praise that surrounds Your throne.  Though we continue to travail here on earth, we already join our spirits with those in heaven around Your throne who declare with one voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing."  Amen.

See Revelation 5:12

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
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"The Light Of That City"  Video  Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir  When we were in New England Brooksyne went to a music conference led by Carole Cymbala. She really knows how to pull a diverse group of people together to sing for the glory of God!

"Heaven On My Mind"  Video  
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

"Worthy Is The Lamb"  Video  
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

"All Hail The Power"

Video Traditional version 
Acapella version
Here's an interesting story about this hymn  Video

"Crown Him With Many Crowns"  Video

David Jeremiah sermon series on heaven.  Part 1

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